Wall Street Journal names Purgatory Resort a ‘world class’ ski area that is affordable

Ski village lauded for its pretense-free culture harkening back to an earlier era

The Wall Street Journal deemed Purgatory Resort as one the best ski resorts to visit for its price. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Purgatory Resort won praise last weekend from The Wall Street Journal, which declared the “world class” ski area 30 minutes north of Durango as one of four resorts that won’t cost a fortune.

Purgatory Resort met a threshold to be considered a wallet-friendly skiing experience while still offering quality amenities, according to the write-up.

Other resorts that made the list included Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Montana, Whitewater Ski Area in Nelson, British Columbia, and Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vermont.

The article commended Purgatory for its “classic Rocky Mountain” skiing experience and it diversity of different runs. It also mentioned the resort’s pretense-free culture with reasonable prices ranging from $44 to $139 for a day lift ticket and applauded the resort’s kids 12 and under ski free policy.

“The (ski) village cultivates a pretense-free scene harkening back to an earlier era of Colorado skiing,” according to the article, which appeared in Saturday’s “Off Duty Travel” section.

– Herald Staff